Green-winged macaws are the second largest parrots next to the hyacinth macaw.
They have one of the largest, broadest ranges of any macaw species.
Macaws are normally monogamous, having only one mate for life.
In the wild, macaws often flock to mountains of clay known as “macaw licks.” Such licks contain minerals and salts essential to the bird’s diet.
Macaws are able to reach speeds of up to 56 kph (35 mph).
Ecology and Conservation
Macaws are very messy eaters. Their extremely strong beaks are perfectly adapted for eating all sorts of nuts and seeds, as seen in their ability to crack open hard-shelled nuts, such as Brazil nuts. In the course of daily feeding, macaws allow plenty of seeds (while eating, as well as in their droppings) to fall to the forest floor, thus regenerating much of the forest growth.
They are also popular in the pet trade.
The green-winged macaw is extinct in some parts of its range, including Argentina.